Do we need a special prosecutor to investigate alleged Trump-Russia ties? | The Tylt
In the wake of President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, critics are calling the move an abuse of power and an obstruction of justice. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are demanding Congress or the Attorney General take the FBI investigation of alleged Trump campaign ties to Russia out of the hands of partisans and appoint a special prosecutor. But others say Comey's firing was just, and it's time for the investigation to be concluded and move on. What do you think?
Do we need a special prosecutor to investigate alleged Trump-Russia ties?
This New York Times editorial says Trump fired Comey to shut down the FBI investigation into his administration, and warned that the president "has now decisively crippled the F.B.I.’s ability to carry out an investigation of him and his associates."
There is no guarantee that Mr. Comey’s replacement, who will be chosen by Mr. Trump, will continue that investigation; in fact, there are already hints to the contrary.The only credible course of action would be the appointment of a special prosecutor.
But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell dismissed calls for a special prosecutor to investigate Russia’s ties to the Trump administration, arguing both the Senate Intelligence Committee and the FBI are already investigating, and the creation of another investigative authority could hamper their work.
Comey's conduct around the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails has been roundly criticized since last year. The White House claims that conduct is the reason for his firing, and many people are in complete support of his dismissal.
Comey's firing was long overdue and well deserved. Inconsistent, constantly inserting himself where he shouldn't.— Jedediah Bila (@JedediahBila) May 10, 2017
But even those who agree Comey deserved to be fired find the timing of his dismissal deeply troubling.
Comey's deserved dismissal was w/HRC's emails or right when DJT took office— Bits and Pieces (@BrutallyRandom) May 10, 2017
Firing AFTER he starts investigating treason? That's the issue
Comey deserved firing but that's not why Trump fired him. Wants to cripple Russia investigation.— Philip Rotner (@PhilipRotner) May 9, 2017
Even Republican senators were disturbed by the president's actions.
I've spent the last several hours trying to find an acceptable rationale for the timing of Comey's firing. I just can't do it.— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) May 10, 2017
And leaks from the White House already suggest that Trump's decision was motivated by the Russian investigation.
Others say not so fast—Comey was really bad at his job and overstepped his bounds several times.
It's easy to jump on the train that 🍊 fired Comey because he was investigating him and "getting close" but reality is Comey was incompetent— Chuck Reynolds 🌐 (@ChuckReynolds) May 9, 2017
Some argue appointing a special prosecutor would be overkill–just let the FBI do their job.
We don't need a special prosecutor.FBI will continue— @carolinaqueens (@cbab1232001) May 10, 2017
Intel committee investigating,House is also.Ignore the moron Schumer and his obstruct.